Gluten free food in Montpelier

Are you looking for a place where you can get a gluten free sit down meal in Montpelier, Vermont? Or maybe you are looking for a spot where you can grab a quick gluten free meal on the go? Well either way, you are in the right place! In this article, we discuss all of our favorite gluten free restaurants in Montpelier, Vermont.

For each restaurant we discuss in this article, we will provide information on a few characteristics to help you determine which restaurant best suits your taste. We start this article out by going over the characteristics that we will discuss. After that, we will discuss some of our favorite sit down restaurants and cafes in the Montpelier area.

Note. We are just starting to explore the gluten free food scene in Montpelier. We will continue to update this article as we find more spots that we love in the area.

Characteristics of gluten free restaurants in Montpelier, Vermont

For each restaurant we discuss in this article, we will provide information on the following characteristics to help you determine whether that restaurant suits your tastes and preferences.

  • Gluten free status. First, we will discuss the gluten free status of each restaurant. We will provide information on whether the restaurant is dedicated to gluten free food or not. If a restaurant is not dedicated to gluten free food, we will also provide information that can help to assess the risk of cross contamination.
  • Other dietary restrictions. After that, we will discuss other dietary restrictions that each restaurant can accommodate. Some of these restaurants specifically cater to gluten free foodies, whereas others can accommodate people with a range of dietary restrictions.
  • Cuisine. Next, we will discuss the food that is served at each restaurant. This will include a discussion of what type of cuisine the menu takes inspiration from. It will also include a discussion of whether the restaurant has any specialties that it is known for.
  • Atmosphere. After that, we will provide more information on the atmosphere at each restaurant. It will include information on the decor and ambiance as well as the level of formality.
  • Location. Next, we will provide information on the location of each restaurant. This will include information on whether the restaurant is located in Montpelier proper or a neighboring town.
  • Seating. Finally, we will discuss the seating options that are available at each restaurant. This will include a discussion of whether indoor seating or outdoor seating is available. It will also include information on whether reservations are required.

Gluten free restaurants in Montpelier, Vermont

Now that we have laid out the characteristics that we will use to provide additional information on each of the restaurants we mention, we will discuss some of our favorite gluten free restaurants in Montpelier. In this section, we will discuss restaurants that we are very familiar with and have frequented multiple times. In the next section, we will discuss restaurants that we are less familiar with and have only been to once or twice.

Sarducci’s

Sarducci’s is a nice Italian restaurant that is known for having some of the best Italian food in the Montpelier area. Our favorite thing about Sarducci’s is the location. For one, Sarducci’s is conveniently located right in the heart of downtown Montpelier. That means it is a short walk to other shops, restaurants, and bakeries. But that is not even our favorite thing about their location. Sarducci’s is also nestled up against a flowing large river that runs parallel to one of the main roads in town. That means that their patio and outdoor seating area have beautiful views of the river. Sarducci’s is not a dedicated gluten free facility, but they are knowledgeable about cross contamination and a large portion of their menu can be made gluten free upon request.

  • Gluten free status. Sarducci’s is not a dedicated gluten free facility. That being said, there are many items on their menu that are or can be made gluten free. Their menu is not comprehensively labeled with information on which dishes can be made gluten free, but it does contain high level information that helps you understand which sections of the menu should be avoided. For example, the menu notes that gluten free pasta and gluten free pizza dough are available. In order to determine whether a specific dish can be made gluten free, you will need to talk with your server. The servers at Sarducci’s are generally knowledgeable about what items can be made gluten free and they always make sure to double check with the kitchen. If you let your server know that you are sensitive to cross contamination, they will leave a note for the kitchen that they should use proper allergy protocols.
  • Other dietary restrictions. Sarducci’s also has vegetarian options available. The vegetarian options are not labeled on the menu, but they are generally easy to spot.
  • Cuisine. Sarducci’s is an Italian restaurant with a menu that primarily focuses on Italian cuisine.
  • Atmosphere. Sarducci’s is a relatively nice spot. It is not overly fancy, but it is one of the nicer spots in the Montpelier area. While the ambiance inside is nice, the patio area and the outdoor seating area are our favorite parts of the restaurant. The restaurant is nestled up against a beautiful river and the patio seating and outdoor seating in front of the restaurant have a beautiful view of the river.
  • Location. Sarducci’s is located right in the heart of downtown Montpelier. It is on a bustling road that is lined with lots of shops, restaurants, and bakeries.
  • Seating. Sarducci’s has a mixture of indoor and outdoor seating available. There is a lot of seating available, so it is generally possible to get a seat without a reservation. That being said, it may be a good idea to make a reservation if you have a large party and plan to attend during peak weekend dinner hours.
Pasta from Sarducci's in Montpelier, Vermont.
Pasta from Sarducci's in Montpelier, Vermont.

North Branch Cafe

The North Branch Cafe is a cozy little cafe that is located in downtown Montpelier, just a few blocks away from Sarducci’s. While the North Branch Cafe is not a dedicated gluten free facility, the vast majority of the dishes that they carry are gluten free. Even items that would traditionally contain gluten like flatbreads are made with gluten free alternatives. That means that the chances of cross contamination are relatively low. The North Branch Cafe has a varied menu that contains some traditional American dishes and some dishes that take inspiration from Asian cuisines. They also have a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options, so there is something on the menu for everyone.

  • Gluten free status. The North Branch Cafe is not a dedicated gluten free facility, but a large portion of their menu is naturally gluten free. Gluten free items (and items that do contain gluten) are labeled on their menu. Many items that would traditionally be made with gluten, such as their wraps and flatbreads, are made with ingredients that are naturally gluten free. Since so many of the items on their menu are made with gluten free alternatives, the chances of cross contamination are relatively low.
  • Other dietary restrictions. The North Branch Cafe also has a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Many of their vegan options are labeled on the menu. This is an excellent place to go if your party has a range of dietary restrictions.
  • Cuisine. The North Branch Cafe has a varied menu that takes inspiration from a variety of cuisines. Some of the items on their menu take inspiration from American cuisine, whereas other items take inspiration from Asian cuisines like Japanese cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine. They generally have a variety of gluten free baked goods available as well.
  • Atmosphere. The North Branch Cafe is a cute and cozy cafe with a laid back atmosphere. This is a great place to go if you want to grab a relaxing meal and destress.
  • Location. The North Branch Cafe is located right in the heart of downtown Montpelier.
  • Seating. Most of the seating at the North Branch Cafe is located indoors. That being said, there are sometimes one or two tables set up outside. This is a casual spot where many people grab food to go, so there is no need for a reservation.
Cookie from North Branch Cafe in Montpelier, Vermont.
Carrot cake from North Branch Cafe in Montpelier, Vermont.

Other gluten free restaurants in Montpelier, Vermont

Before we wrap up, we will take a moment to mention a few additional restaurants that offer gluten free options. These are restaurants we have only been to once or twice, so we do not have as much to say about them. 

Kismet

Kismet is a New American restaurant that is known for being one of the best restaurants in the Montpelier area. This is a very popular spot that is a hit with gluten free foodies and gluten eating foodies alike as they are known for serving some seriously delicious food. Kismet is also known for having some of the more creative food in the Montpelier area as some of their dishes incorporate non-traditional ingredients in unique ways. The owners of the restaurant have a family member with celiac disease, so they are knowledgeable about cross contamination and know how to make food that is celiac safe.

Update: Kismet permanently closed their doors in Summer of 2023.

Wilaiwans

Wilaiwans is another popular spot that is known for having some of the best food in Montpelier. This is a small Thai restaurant with a rotating menu that generally only has three or four items on it at a time. Wilaiwans is known for serving dishes with bold, complex flavor profiles that are unparalleled in Vermont. They generally have at least one item on their menu that is gluten free, but they rarely have vegetarian options available as they use fish sauce and meat broths in most of their dishes. Wilaiwans primarily focuses on takeout and often sells out of all of their dishes early in the day, so make sure to stop by early if you want to enjoy their food.

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